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Episode 593.3 Nourison and Friends

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Nourison is the leading multi-category resource in today’s floor covering market. Our company offers comprehensive programs from signature handmade area rug collections such as Nourison 2000, to prestige designer lines like Calvin Klein, to the best-selling powerloom carpets of Ashton House, to the Grand Parterre collection which represents an unparalleled level of luxury and sophistication in broadloom construction.

Throughout the United States and Europe, prominent retailers rely on Nourison for merchandise assortments recognized for their unique combination of beauty, craftsmanship, and value in virtually every price and construction category.

With a consistent and monumental backup inventory on over 4500 sku’s.

Our guest is Giovanni Marra, Marketing Director for Nourison.

Explore Nourison’s Website here

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Kristin Drohan, one of America’s most versatile interior designers, offers complete design services and her own furniture line to elite clients throughout the country.

Kristin, whose work has appeared in print and on-line publications nationwide, works with industry leaders of Fortune 500 companies, financial executives, technology company managers, doctors, corporate attorneys and other leading professionals from Boston to Atlanta.

Kristin’s furniture line, which features a collection of durable, eco-friendly pieces ranging from sofas and sectionals to beds, tables and chairs, is featured in high end showrooms across the country. The furniture is manufactured in Hickory, NC using natural, toxic-free materials.

Kristin offers a full range of interior design services, ranging from space planning and project management to kitchen and bath renovation and selection of fabrics and flooring. She is backed by a team of some of the country’s leading workroom professionals, window fashion specialists, contractors, installers, lighting designers and others.

Her work has been showcased internationally in Mix Magazine and in such outlets as the Washington Post, House Trends Magazine, New England Home, New York Spaces, Justluxe and Decorati. She also was featured in a Washington, D.C.-area designer show house.

Kristin’s 10 years of sales and management experience with major companies earlier in her career enables her to communicate more effectively with her high level, corporate clientele. She has had the opportunity to reside in a variety of locations around the country, a fact which has exposed her to and educated her about a variety of design styles and trends. She has built and/or remodeled seven of her own homes.

She is one of the first 100 interior design professionals to be certified with the Sustainable Furnishing Council, a coalition of suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and other dedicated to promote eco-friendly furnishings.

Kristin studied at the Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris. She is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Check out her website at Kristin Drohan

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Paula Grace is a Top 100 Designer selected by Home and Design Magazine and named as one of the Best Interior Designers in the DC Area by CBS/DC. Her designs both, interior and furnishings, Signature Grace™ by Paula Grace Designs, have been published regionally and nationally.

Paula Grace started her firm 11 years ago growing slowly as her daughter was young until the Paula Grace Designs, Inc. of today.  Now Paula Grace has three arms to her practice – interior design, product design, and speaking engagements and consulting.

Paula Grace recently concluded a national speaking tour with Century Furniture – the topic – how designers form and maintain productive professional relationships with their clients.

In October of this year, Paula Grace, along with three other DC designers, launched a showroom open to the public and trade in the luxury shopping destination for the DC area. Her furnishings are also regularly featured by Dering Hall, where her collection is available online.

Paula Grace leads all Paula Grace Designs, Inc., projects achieving brilliance, balance, and bliss for her clients. Her well-established team is expertly guided from beginning to end drawing on each member’s strength. She guides her team with these principles at the fore at all times: conviction, focus, trust, respect, empathy, honesty, and artistry. Paula Grace’s project-based fees are completely understood from the start, and client purchases are done with transparency and efficiency.

Prior to studying Interior Design, Paula Grace earned Masters Degrees in Clinical Social Work and Business Administration. She held a Directorship of large behavioral health program and was a Senior Instructor, graduate level, in a prestigious University Medical Center. With this level of experience and psychology training, Paula Grace is masterful at implementing designs, understanding her client’s wishes and needs, and aiding the interior design profession with navigating complex issues we all face today.

Connect with her at Paula Grace


John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon are the dynamic duo behind North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their whimsical use of color and pattern, the Madcap gents—along with their pound-rescue posse, Jasper, Weenie, and Amy Petunia—scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique and gimlet-eyed viewpoint. Imagine a British country house that pairs Granny’s antiques and a spirited dash of Chinoiserie chic with a dash of Morocco-meets-India élan. Shake, stir, then pour.


“If you are looking for beige and boring, bark up someone else’s tree,” quips Jason. “We live and breathe ‘whimsy,’ but our projects are bespoke, sophisticated, and perfectly catered to our clients’ sensibility and ‘brand.’ They are also spectacularly livable. John and I have dogs and nieces and nephews—we get it.” Standout Madcap Cottage interiors include a jewel-hued loft in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood; a color-rich, playful beach house in Southampton, New York; a sophisticated 1920s-era bungalow in Des Moines, Iowa; a historic shotgun-style cottage in New Orleans’ French Quarter; and a Grade II-listed former mill on the outskirts of London.

The Madcap Cottage gents run their firm—an ever-changing design laboratory—from a former pharmacy in the heart of High Point, North Carolina, the hub for American decorative arts. Find the Madcap Cottage-curated selection of vintage and antique finds on One Kings Lane and 1st Dibs. And shop the Madcap Cottage line of bedding, window treatments, and pillows exclusively on HSN and at HSN.com. The Madcaps recently launched their debut fabric collection for Robert Allen @ Home, a grouping full of whimsy, fun, and travel-inspired motifs. The Madcaps are currently writing a book entitled “Prints Charming” for Abrams on how to bring color and pattern into your home; the book will be released in Fall 2017.

John Nixon and Robert Loecke; The Madcap Cottage Guys

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